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Beguiling,romantic,consistant.....Style conquers all,
This review is from: Slave To Love - The Best Of The Ballads (UK Release) (Audio CD)
Collections,especially "the very best of.."or"the Ballads" tend to conjure dire images of the bargain bin.All such concerns are soon dispelled by the quality and coherence of this collection.The standard critique of Roxy Music as post modern experimentalists who somehow lost their way in 80's AOR misses the point.At the heart of their work was always Ferry's unabashed romanticism.By focusing on this we get a brilliant compilation where each track gains from the setting. For the collector "Crazy Love"makes its CD debut,as does"Is Your Love Strong Enough"[originally the title track of the Ridley Scott film Legend].Both are worth having, but this English release has inexplicably dropped 'He'll have to go' which was previously only available on 'The ultimate collection'and is included on the European version of this CD already released in Sweden. Also on this version was 'Just like you' from the 'Stranded' album, an intruiging and suprisingly successful inclusion. However this British release does add 'Psalm 28'from the Diana tribute CD. As with all compilations one can find fault:the omission of Bete Noire,(arguably)Ferry's most directly romantic song seems strange as does excluding 'Pyjamarama'. But the great lost opportunity was 'As the world turns' still unavailable on CD and featuring an ethereal soaring guitar solo from Robert Fripp would have made this a five star effort. Overall, one which fans and neophytes will play more than any other Roxy collection.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2009 16:48:20 BDT
Absolutely correct regarding "As The World Turns".... I cannot understand why this wasn't a major part of the Ballad collection. Great track.
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